If you thought ancillary airline fees simply couldn’t go any higher, think again. In a seemingly never ending industry cycle, Hawaiian Airlines announced this afternoon that inter-island baggage fees will be increasing. For tickets purchased after 3/10/14 the cost will be $25 for the first bag and $35 for the second bag. They had been $17 each. This increase will likely be followed by competitors.
The good news is that there are two ways to avoid or reduce these baggage fees:
1. HawaiianMiles members.
Free to join, HawaiianMiles frequent flyer membership will reduce inter-island bag fees to $15 and $20 respectively. We suggest signing up for membership prior to purchasing Hawaiian Airlines tickets.
2. HawaiianMiles Visa card holders.
Those who have the new HawaiianMiles MasterCard from barclaycard will receive their first checked bag for free. We’re awaiting additional details regarding the new card and its benefits, especially for existing HawaiianMiles Visa card holders.